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JACKIE SWIKA
Past OABA Chair and owner of S&S Amusements has passed

Jackie Swika, beloved wife of Steve passed away on Friday November 30. Jackie has been a member of the Showmen's League for the past seven years and served as OABA Chairman in 2002. They owned and ......[read more]

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IAFE Convention -- Final Day

Las Vegas - Calling it a "fabulous" convention and trade show, outgoing IAFE Chairman Jerry Hammer, manager of the Minnesota State Fair, said though attendance was slightly down the event was a big ......[read more]

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IAFE Convention -- Day 2

Las Vegas -- John Dodson retired this past May as a State Of Ohio Ride Safety Inspector after 30 years on the job. Never one to rest long, he became a principal with Comspeq International , a ......[read more]

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IAFE Trade Show -- Day 1

Las Vegas -- The annual IAFE Trade Show and Convention got under way in full force today in Las Vegas. Held at the Paris hotel and convention center, the convention is an opportunity for fair and ......[read more]

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Powers Great American Midways to Operate at 2008 N.C. State Fair

RALEIGH - Powers Great American Midways will operate the carnival rides and games at the 2008 N.C. State Fair, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today. Troxler said that Powers' ......[read more]

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SALES UP AT THE 2007 IAAPA EXPO
Orlando show a success

Orlando - MCW visited the International Association Of Amusement Parks Expo held in Orlando, FL, November 12 - 16. The annual convention is a meeting of everything amusement park and more. More ......[read more]

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IAPPA Exhibitor Awards Announced
Landmark Entertainment Group Wins Image Award

ORLANDO, FLA. (Nov. 14, 2007) -- The 2007 Exhibitor Awards were announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2007 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The Exhibitor ......[read more]

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IMPORTANT UPDATE ON FOREIGN WORKER VISAS

During the past few years, many amusement industry companies have shifted to using temporary foreign labor to compensate for the fact that they cannot find qualified American help. This need is ......[read more]

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NC STATE FAIR HAS RECORD ATTENDANCE
Powers Great Americans second year on midway

Raleigh - 858,611 came through the gates during the Oct. 12 - 21 North Carolina State Fair, shattering the record of 846,724 set in 2000. "We had warm, sunny weather except for some rain showers on ......[read more]

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Utah State Fair up 9%

Salt Lake City -- The Sept. 6 - 16th Utah State Fair posted a 9% increase in attendance this year, rising to 314,565 guests from 289,257. The fair enjoyed beautiful weather every day of the event. ......[read more]

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LARSON INTERNATIONAL TO MAKE ZERO GRAVITY AND CLIFFHANGER
Rights acquired from Dartron

Larson International, Inc., manufacturer of the Space Loop and other popular amusement rides announced today that they have acquired the rights to produce the Cliff Hanger and Zero Gravity from ......[read more]

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Tulsa State Fair Down 7%
Three days of rain affect attendance

Tulsa, OK -- 987,057 passed through the gates of the Rick Bjorklund-managed Tulsa State Fair Sept. 27 - Oct. 7. Fair officials attributed the slide to three days of rain that occurred during the ......[read more]

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BIG E RECORDS SECOND HIGHEST ATTENDANCE

The Eastern States Exposition, held September 14-30 had 1,227,889 people attend during the 17 day run, the second highest total ever. The record was set in 1998 with1,254,523. Three daily attendance ......[read more]

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H-2B Visa Crisis May Hit Industry
Congress fails to renew exemption

During the past few years, many of our clients have shifted to using temporary foreign labor to compensate for the fact that they cannot find qualified American help. This need is being met ......[read more]

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Wisconsin State Fair down 7%
Murphy provides 54 ride midway

WEST ALLIS, WI - 801,420 people attended the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair held August 2 through 12. Heat and several days of rain combined to keep attendance 7% below 2006 numbers. Admission to ......[read more]

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Heat hurts Indiana State Fair
Attendance down by 14%

Indianapolis - Record-breaking summer heat continued to affect Midwestern fairs this year, including the Indiana State Fair, driving attendance down by 14% from last year. Total attendance was ......[read more]

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INDUSTRY LEGEND JD FLOYD PASSES

MCW Has learned of the passing of industry legend, JD Floyd of Cumberland Valley Shows. Our condolences are with the family. Visitation will be on Tuesday September 25 from 2-8:00pm at Partlow ......[read more]

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NAME RETAINS CNE CONTRACT

MCW has learned tonight that North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) has been approved by the CNEA Board Of Directors to enter into talks for a new CNE midway contract. This action follows the ......[read more]

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Miami Showmen's Association Names Shelby Lauther Royal 'Man Of The Year'

Miami - Bob McKnight, President of the Miami Showmen's Association announced that he has selected Shelby Lauther Royal as the club's "Man Of The Year". Ms. Royal is only the second woman in the ......[read more]

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West Virginia State Fair ride gross up 12%
Reithoffer Shows signs new 2-year contract

Lewisburg, WV - A great carnival presentation, strong grounds acts and creative packaging helped keep the West Virginia State Fair attendance steady at 195,000. This was especially noteworthy ......[read more]

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Orange County Fair gets new look, carnival this year
Strates makes midway debut -- fair up despite rain

Middletown, NY - Anticipation was high this year for the 167th Orange County Fair, held July 18th through Sunday July 29th, one of the largest county fairs in the state. After 45 years with ......[read more]

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New England Fair Round-Up #2
Fanelli, Fiesta, Rockwell, Coleman and Bourget

BOURGET AMUSEMENTS AT WILIMINGTON Bourget Amusements was started 15 years ago by owner Joe Bourget. Joe had spent many years as an independent ride operator prior to starting the show. ......[read more]

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New England Fair Round-Up #1
A OF A, Gillette, Dreamland and Bowdoin

SARATOGA COUNTY FAIR RECORDS GREAT RUN The 166th Saratoga County Fair set record attendance and near-record midway grosses during it's July 17th through 22nd run. With over 80,000 people gate ......[read more]

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DESPITE HEAT, OHIO STATE FAIR ONLY DOWN 1%

Columbus - August has been an extremely hot and humid month in the Midwest and many of the nation's largest events have had to deal with the sweltering summer weather. The Ohio State Fair had nine ......[read more]

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MCW Interview with Brother Andrew R. Casper of Carnival Hope

In light of the recent posts on the message board with Brother Andrew of Carnival Hope and some of our regular members, we decided to do an interview to learn more about Brother Andrew and his ......[read more]

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